Burn Notice

Season 1 Episode 4

Old Friends

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 19, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael's friend Bill asks for the spy's help in freeing his daughter from a prostitution ring. Meanwhile, Michael dodges multiple assassination attempts.

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  • Good Show

    The case was ok about finding a missing girl that thought was moving up in a model career. Mostly it was the assassin trying to kill Michael and the dealing of his brother that has a gambling problem that made the episode for me. It was great writing for me and love the frame freezes it makes the show more dramatic and first time I seen it on any TV Show.moreless
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is...

    A slight upswing in storytelling this week, as Michael juggles babysitting his down and out brother while he attempts to rescue an old friend's daughter from a prostitution ring. There are quite a few stories running concurrently in this one, which certainly picks up the pace, but I'd like to see more attention paid to the likes of Fi and Sam, since they pretty much do the exact same thing each week: Fi does the recon, with the odd salacious advance thrown in, while Sam cracks jokes. A lot of jokes. Regardless, we do get some tidbits on Michael, and hopefully we'll see more assassins pop up during missions-of-the-week to provide some much-needed action (can we PLEASE stop pausing during fight scenes, eh? Let them play out!). As always, it's moderately entertaining stuff, with 'Old Friends' carrying a darker tone than previous weeks.moreless
  • Still good

    Okay, basically this was the same as the last episode. The main case was probably a little weaker but the overall plot progression was much better.

    But surely, there's lots of room for improvement. one of the things this show could do is make a flashback episode where we see Michael going pro spy, because honestly, okay, he's a spy, and waa, everyone's aware of that, but these episodic cases are not really demanding for him it seems, as I have yet to see some cool spying.

    All in all though, enjoyable episode, towards the end especially, as we reached to the usual 3 minute burn notice plot progress, lol.moreless
  • good episode...

    Michael is asked to find a man's daughter after she ran away to look for a modeling job. In this episode we meet Nate, which is Michael's brother. I thought their character interactions were halarious. I liked how they found the daughter and saved her. I also liked the continuation of the assasin plot. The assasin was able to shoot Michael, but Michael was able to get in the last punch. Overall, I liked the story in this episode, but not as much as some previous stories. I really liked the character interactions and developments and I can't wait to see what happens next!moreless
  • Review

    The character devolopment took a bit of a hit in this episode. there wasn't a whole lot in tihs episode and I think that was the random introduction to Micheals brother. I wonder if he will become a main part to the story or if he was only a guest star for this one episode. I think they had a good thing going with the main four, adding another didn't seem like it was needed for a show like this using a standalone format to tell its story. The main story arch seems like its going to go back into Michaels past at some point. He cannot still put it together, which is kind of weird. I don't know if we are going to get a flashback episode at some point or what to kind of tie everything together. Overall, the episode was solid. Kept me entertained for 42 minutes but didnt blow me away.moreless
Eric Lange

Eric Lange

Bill Reese

Guest Star

Mark Totty

Mark Totty

Carl Wilhelm

Guest Star

Susie Abromeit

Susie Abromeit

Jenna Reese

Guest Star

Seth Peterson

Seth Peterson

Nate Westen

Recurring Role

Marc Macaulay

Marc Macaulay

Agent Harris

Recurring Role

Brandon Morris

Brandon Morris

Agent Lane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the scene where he has spiked Jan's hot dog with crushed peanuts, Michael is holding Jan's EpiPen in his fist. For most of the scene it is needle-end (black cap) up, but in one shot in the middle it is the other way up (grey cap at the top).

    • The Sandbar, Sam's favorite bar he says he can never go back to, now that Michael caused such a ruckus, is a real bar in Coconut Grove (an artsy neighborhood of Miami).

    • When Michael goes to the hotel where the assassin is staying, he comes out of the stairs on the fourth floor, but when he gets in the elevator, it clearly says he's on the seventh floor (the one the assassin is supposedly staying on).

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Michael: (voice-over) Spies go to bars for the same reason people go to libraries, full of information. If you know how to ask.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The drive home is often a grueling experience for someone you just rescued. Especially if they were unaware of their situation. They ask a lot of questions, you fill them in on the answers. And then it dawns on them: the truth. It can be a little overwhelming.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Running an operation, you can't let personal feelings get in the way. It's about planning and execution, not about being angry...although occasionally, you may get a little angry.

    • Nate: I can protect myself.
      Michael: Yeah... blocking punches with your face. Real effective...

    • Michael: (voice-over) Any good operative is careful not to leave much behind. Everyone gets careless though, and even the littlest things can turn out to be useful. A receipt, a paperback, room service records. Every bit helps.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Compulsive gamblers get a lot of practice seeing people bluff. So the good news is that they can usually pick up on people's tells. The bad news is when they're wrong, the consequences are very expensive.

    • Michael: You lost my car in a card game.
      Nate: Well, I needed the money and you weren't helpin' me out. Besides, nothin' ventured, nothin' gained, bro.
      Michael: It was a rental car you ventured.

    • Michael: Now, make a small incision just above the wound.
      Nate: You want me to uh, just dig in?
      Michael: You're enjoying this way too much.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Some situations just come down to probabilities. The chance that an assassin can hit you with a handgun at 50 yards, the number of shots he can get off. You might have a one in five chance of taking a bullet, maybe a one in ten chance of dying. Or a 100 percent chance of getting blown away by a shotgun wired to a door.

    • Michael: They broke the dishes?
      Madeline: No, I did. Mrs. Hails is always coming over when I have the TV on too loud. So I figured she would hear the crash.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A rescue attempt is hard enough when it's someone who wants to be rescued. It doesn't matter whether it's a brother with a compulsive gambling problem, or a girl who thinks she's about to launch her modeling career. So you eliminate escape options, keep a low profile, but no matter what you do, you'll still have someone screaming bloody murder in the back of your car.

    • Carl Wilhelm: "Pimped"? I'm not a pimp.
      Michael: You say "tomato", I say "pimp".

    • Fiona: Every third guy at a bar'll tell you he's a modeling scout.
      Sam: Hey, I've used worse lines. And succeeded.

    • Michael: Hey, can I borrow your car?
      Sam: Where ya goin'?
      Michael: Uh, just to the store to get some new yogurt.
      Sam: (chuckles) Come on, Mike. Fiona calls, whisper whisper, all of a sudden you gotta have yogurt? What's the big secret?
      Michael: No big secret, just loooove yogurt.

    • Fiona: Do you think I could convince your Czech assassin to switch targets? I mean Sam is bigger, slower... easier to hit.

    • Michael: (voice-over) There's a reason why family is a good source of leverage. Whether it's a brother who always owes people money or a brother who is stuck in the trunk of a car, you can't turn your back on them.

    • Michael: (voice-over) You can learn good self-defense fighting with students in a class, but great self-defense you pick up fighting with your family.

    • Michael: (voice-over) The key to a good knife defense is to control the knife hand and strike with everything you've got. Fighting is often about tactical retreat - like running away from two knives. It's also about making the body count unacceptable.

    • Michael: (voice-over) If it looks like you're about to get into a fight that could get you killed, try starting another one.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Staří známí (Old Acquaintances)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Brazil: October 23, 2007 on AXN
      New Zealand: November 25, 2007 on TV3
      Australia: February 12, 2008 on TEN
      Czech Republic: March 5, 2008 on TV Prima
      Sweden: March 9, 2008 on TV6
      United Kingdom: October 26, 2008 on FX
      Germany: October 19, 2009 on Vox
      Slovakia: February 18, 2010 on JOJ
      Finland: February 22, 2010 on MTV3


    • Sam: I don't want to do anything to compromise my pension. If I don't have it, you'll have to take care of me when I'm 95 and drooling into my pillow.
      Michael: Don't worry I'll smother you with my pillow before that happens.
      Sam: Thanks you're such a good friend.

      This is an allusion to the end of the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when Randle has been reduced to a drooling simpleton by a lobotomy. Chief Bromden then smothers him because he can't stand to see him that way.